Plan a Visit

Welcome to Shedd Aquarium! We can't wait for you to meet 32,000 amazing animals and explore the world’s oceans, rivers and reefs — right in the heart of Chicago.

The best Shedd visit begins online, not in line. We offer three easy ways to purchase your tickets in advance to avoid a long wait:

Other ticket packages are available on site. Quantities are limited and may sell out.

Please note, areas of the aquarium may be closed for a portion or all of any given day without prior notice. Please contact us if you have questions about exhibit availability.


Winter (Now – June 10)
Weekdays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Weekends: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Summer (June 10 – Aug 20)
All days: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Special Hours:
Thursday, Oct. 6: Early close 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 10: Extended hours 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursdsay, Nov. 24: Early close 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 25: Extended hours 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 24: Early close 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 25: Closed
December 26 through 31: Extended hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

*Last ticket sales are 45 minutes before close.


Adult: 12+ years
Child: 3-11 years
Infant (free admission): 2 years and under

Getting here

Walk, drive, or take the bus—let’s find the best route for you.

Calendar of Events

Check our calendar so you don't miss exciting upcoming programs and events.

Field trips & groups

Give your school or community group an unforgettable experience. Plan your field trip today!

Special offers

You’ll find ways to save, along with other offers here.

Tips for a great visit

Make the most of your trip with our tips for a great visit!

Stay up-to-date with Shedd news

Sign up for Shedd's email newsletter to be the first to know what's happening at the aquarium, including unique events, behind-the-scenes updates, and exclusive offers.


Help us keep Shedd safe for our guests and animals — review our policies before you arrive.

Contact info

Need more information? Send us an email or give us a call at 312-939-2438. We're happy to help!

Plan a private event

Host an unforgettable event in an incomparable setting. Learn more about our stunning spaces and catering services. 


Adult $98 Child $82

Save 53% off Chicago’s 5 best attractions, plus bypass the main ticket line. Chicago CityPASS includes priority entry to Shedd Aquarium, including all exhibits, a special 4-D Experience and the Amphibians special exhibit. Ask us onsite about adding the aquatic program to your visit! Valid 9-days.

Extraordinary Experiences

Price varies by experience.

Meet a penguin, touch a beluga whale, become a trainer for a day or take a tour behind the scenes of Shedd.

Express Pass

Adult $54.95 Child $45.95

The Express Pass allows you to bypass the ticket line and begin your visit. The pass, sold for same-day admission, includes everything Shedd has to offer, including the aquatic program, Stingray Touch* and a 4-D Experience.

*Stingray Touch is open seasonally May 16 through November.

Total Experience Pass

Adult $39.95 Child $30.95

The best value to see everything Shedd has to offer! Select your show times and plan your day in advance. The Total Experience Pass includes access to all of Shedd’s exhibits and experiences, including the aquatic program, Stingray Touch,* Amphibians special exhibit and a 4-D Experience. For best availability, we recommend you plan at least 5 days in advance.

*Stingray Touch is open seasonally late-May through October (weather permitting)


Membership packages start at $75 each year.

Support Shedd and enjoy unlimited admission to the aquarium year-round.

Other ticket packages may be available onsite.